Will the 2013 Giants make history or become history?

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

This week, the Giants will host the Cowboys at MetLife. Should the Giants win, both teams will be 5-6 and sit just a game behind the Eagles in the NFC East. It will give Giant fans hope and the possibilities of qualifying for the postseason become clearer. They’ve gotten some breaks to help them clamber back from an impossible 0-6 hole, and are poised to make history if they can keep winning.

That’s the good news. Now, here’s the reality.

Even with a win, the Giants’ playoff/division chances remain a long shot. As we pointed out yesterday, both Philadelphia and Dallas have softer schedules the rest of the way. I understand the Giants love to do things the hard way, but they’ve really put their backs up against the wall this time.

Dallas is reeling right now, mainly because of glut of injuries to key players. But they will be getting many of those players back in next two weeks. DE DeMarcus Ware and WR Miles Austin will play this week in New York. MLB Sean Lee will not play, but the Cowboys believe he may be back for next week’s game against Oakland. The rest of the way, the Cowboys travel to Chicago and Washington and host Green Bay and Philadelphia. That is why it is so important for the Giants to win this week.

Philadelphia has been practically unbeatable with Nick Foles under center. They’ve won four of the five games that he’s started this season, the only loss was to Dallas in a game which Foles left due to a concussion. The Eagles are 31st against the pass, but their final five contests they will be going up against three of the worst pass defenses in the league in Dallas (32nd), Detroit (30th) and Minnesota (29th). They also face Arizona (20th) and Chicago (17th).  If Foles stays upright, the Eagles can win at least three of those five and finish at 9-7.

After Dallas, the Giants have the Redskins twice, San Diego on the road and Seattle and Detroit at home. Let’s not be reminded that the Redskins have beaten the Giants three of the past four meetings (including the 17-16 loss which was the turning point of last season). The Blue is also 0-2 against Philip Rivers. The Seahawks have Super Bowl written all over them and the Lions have a pitch-catch combo that the Giants may not be able to overcome.

Through all this, many still believe the Giants have a shot at the postseason. They’ve won four games over teams that started backup, or inexperienced QBs. They also continue to make mistakes – both of omission and commission – that good teams will capitalize on and use to bury them.

Unless they play nearly flawless football the remainder of the way, they will be on the outside looking in this January for the fourth time in five seasons.

Unless you’re buying into the hype, the Giants are realistically looking at 7-9, 8-8 at best. It won’t be good enough, I’m afraid.





30 comments
slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

solid depth signing for the AHL who won't sniff the NHL roster unless injuries pile up.  not sure what there is to complain about here. 

jethrono9
jethrono9


Guess they needed another tough guy down on the Bridge, while leaving the big club vulnerable. Hope JT doesn't take a hit that puts him out for some games, or one of the young guys.

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rmvacation
rmvacation

After watching the Hawks and Bolts punch their way to the Finals- your point couldn't be more off target.

Do you watch hockey on a black and white TV, because that is the era your thinking belongs.

Nobody fights, and the League is looking at millions in costs due to a concussions lawsuit.

jethrono9
jethrono9

@rmvacation 


You just don't get it do you? I do not advocate senseless fighting, all I care about is a deterrent so the 'goons' on other teams do not try to hurt JT, Strome and  a few others on this team, as the Isles get better,and improve teams like the 'Orange Crud Flyers' if close to the Isles in the standings near the end of the season, or possibly right before, and are desperate for a PO spot may try to hurt our players, remember the hit on Turgeon, Peca that type of hockey still exists, at least in the minds of some coaches, players, and GMs, I want this team to succeed, and not lose out on a PO spot due to an injury that should not happen, and could have been prevented by a intimidating presence on the ice. I hope I do not  have to explain this again. If I am wrong in my theory I am wrong, no harm, no foul.

jethrono9
jethrono9

@slapshot18_rs @jethrono9 


I would have signed another guy who can drop them when NECESSARY, not be an instigator like a Steve Webb, Cooke, Avery, or others, Carkner is a good sign for the Bridge, and his time has come and gone, at my age I do not want to wait another few years to get out of the 1st round, I also hope that the 2 young guys on D are good enough to make this team, and add that presence, that will deter others.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@jethrono9 @rmvacation Turgeon, and Peca? You mean from over 10 years ago?


Come back from the time machine, and look at the teams that have been successful. You just don't get it..


There are no heavy weights in the NHL. The Isles have a guy up front- Matt Martin, to do a job that is basically been phased out of the NHL.


Phased out to such a degree- Linesmen have been instructed to break up fights before they get rolling..


Get it? Now lets discuss timing..


If somebody cheap shots JT, beating that guy senseless does what exactly. JT is cheap shotted- so now what.


If somebody cheap shots JT, you cheap shot their star player, you don't beat some fourth line/bottom pair defender senseless..


Owners dont want guys making minimum wage killing the star players in the league, because that starts an exchange that leaves all the star players dead, and nobody watching. 


Not only is your reasoning out of date- its is inane. And there is a foul, you have some worthless guy sitting on your roster taking up a spot and money. 


Wake up, have some coffee, and join everybody else in 2015..




jethrono9
jethrono9

@rmbbanned2 @jethrono9 @rmvacation 

If you believe Matt Martin  serves as a deterrent, you are most naïve, he is not a guy to be feared by anyone in this league. You posted this...

If somebody cheap shots JT, beating that guy senseless does what exactly. JT is cheap shotted- so now what.

That is the point of my contention with a presence on the team that doesn't happen to begin with, so smell the coffee, and have a cup pondering the point.


slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@jethrono9 @slapshot18_rs its so easy to sit there and say "we need to add someone tougher" -- who is that guy? you havent named one yet.  and on top of that, who are we removing from the current roster? i think itll be tough to find anyone you want to move, and of the people you do want to move, they will probably be unmovable.  this team is fine as is. 


additionally, you say you want a player like steve webb to protect our players, or to strike fear in them which will make them not take cheap shots....then why was peca cheap shotted? --- we dont need to get tougher, we need to get more sound as a unit and remain healthy. with a healthy squad, we beat that capitals team and are having a much different conversation right now. 

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@jethrono9  "Matt Martin is not a guy to be feared by anyone in the NHL."


Please- post that early and often everywhere on this blog. I just bookmark this page- because somethings are so ignorant they need to be remembered..


The presence of a single purpose goon who will beat an offending player senseless- works after the fact. He isn't gonna beat a player senseless before a cheap shot occurs. That pretty much settles this discussion.

If a guy wants to smash a stick over the head of JT, cut him with a skate blade, or submarine him and blow his knee out on purpose- nothing can be done to prevent it. NOTHING..


The biggest deterrent to cheap shots is the ability of the opposing team to do the same to your star player. You don't kill the QB, intentionally throw at another players head, run the goalie..


Hockey is a physical game- all players get hurt. These guys aren't made of glass, and they protect themselves. 


It hasn't happened so far without a single purpose goon this team, or any other successful team. IF you want fighting, go practice MMA. Cheap shots bring back cheap shots..


Isolation has made you both ignorant and bitter. Fighting is being phased out of hockey. It isn't a good or bad thing- it is what it is..

csh205
csh205

Quality, character guy, nice move.

Sal Farieri
Sal Farieri

Great, stand up guy. C could definitely teach the young guns things

Larry Samele
Larry Samele

He must have incriminating pictures of wang banging milbury

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

Yeah, thats it.. Facebook misses you..

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

Good for him - team seemed to like his intangibles- and you never know when half your blue line is gonna get hurt again.  

puckdad99
puckdad99

Only 5 Knicks posts here. Wow, why not 175?

truth77
truth77

@puckdad99 I Don't know why they don't shut down this site for a few days and fix this glitch.

chudogz1
chudogz1

Not sure why Bobby Brown or Lester Hudson are not getting calls... Instead of Shannon Brown

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

I think with time those two will be an asset coming off the bench. They seem to fit---good chemistry.